Jewishly, David’s ahead of Ed

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2013

There’s a joke doing the rounds about the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition: one is a committed Zionist, eager to visit Israel and totally at ease in the company of British Jews; the other is Ed Miliband.

There will be plenty of talk during the next 18 months about the possibility of Britain electing Mr Miliband as our first halachically Jewish Prime Minister since Disraeli.


Why everyone should visit Auschwitz

By Robert Desmond, December 13, 2013

I first visited Auschwitz a few years ago and vowed that it would not be the last time. Together with my father, cousin and friend we visited this site before heading on to trace my family roots close to Kiev in the Ukraine.


I've got the festive booze blues

By Abigail Radnor, December 13, 2013

It’s that time of year when I find it easier to lie. Small talk revolves around the question: “so are you all ready for Christmas?” And, each time, I assess whether or not the “I don’t celebrate Christmas” conversational route is worth pursuing (this needs to be delivered carefully so as not to come across all Scrooge-like).


Detecting a nasty side to Maigret

By Norman Lebrecht, December 1, 2013

Early this summer, at a colleague’s suggestion, I returned to an author I last read in my teens. Georges Simenon churned out some 200 crime novels in 40 years, of which 75 featured his imposing creation, Inspector Jules Maigret.


Gay Men's Chorus gives us something to sing about

By Julia Neuberger, November 29, 2013

On Sunday December 1, West London Synagogue is hosting a concert, with the London Gay Men’s Chorus (the largest gay male-voice choir in Europe), marking its first major collaboration with the Jewish community.

The concert marks both World Aids Day and the fifth night of Chanucah.


Stop worrying - life is good for Jews in Britain

By Josh Glancy, November 26, 2013

So, antisemitism is on the march again. Or so it seems according to a recent survey conducted for the EU by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. A fifth of respondents to their survey, which was carried out in nine EU countries, said they had experienced an antisemitic incident in the past year. Seventy-six per cent said they thought antisemitism had increased in the past five years.


The Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart - that's true Jewish art

By David Robson, November 22, 2013

What is Jewish art? Or should I say, what art is Jewish? A statue of a barmitzvah boy by Jacob Epstein carved in chopped liver — you could safely say that would be Jewish art. Or a Chagall goat colliding with a flying Chasid.

But what about an abstract sculpture by Anthony Caro or a song like Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed? How Jewish are those?


It's our duty to speak out against the racism directed at immigrants

By Grant Feller, November 22, 2013

The following statements concern the problems of immigration and were printed in national newspapers. Can you guess who said what, and where?

1) What is so wrong about British people in Britain being ruled by British people?

2) The way immigrants from Europe are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage.


JFK: a breath of fresh air stifled

By Colin Shindler, November 22, 2013

‘His career was as brilliant and promising as it was meteoric and short-lived. His advent seemed to usher in a new era flashing a ray of hope to a darkened world. He faced the desperate problems of our age with courage, with youthful vigour, with profound understanding and deep sympathy for the underprivileged, the disinherited and the oppressed.”


Hull is city of culture - and we’re gonna gerron with it

By Maureen Lipman, November 21, 2013

Being From Hull and Jewish and a woman, the triple whammy, generally one feels like saying, when asked to go there, “what’s second prize?”. But not today.

Today I woke up and found myself besieged by requests to big up my beleaguered home town on TV, radio and press, on the grounds that Hull has been named City of Culture 2017.